Tomato Saar Recipe

Tomato Saar is an aromatic preparation which can be served as an appetizer or as a mixer for rice. The basic ingredient that is used here as the name indicates is Tomato. What makes it different is that it can be seasoned in a variety of ways. Each seasoning lends its own unique taste to the Saar. Here I have seasoned it with garlic. You may also try seasoning it with finely chopped onion or a simple one of asafoetida, mustard and curry leaves.


  • 3 medium sized tomatoes
  • 1 litre water
  • 1 tsp tamarind paste
  • 3 tsps sugar
  • 2 tsps Sambhar powder
  • Salt
  • 20 garlic cloves
  • 2 tbsps ghee/ clarified butter
  • Coriander leaves

Method :

Chop the tomatoes fine. Drop them into the boiling water along with the tamarind paste, salt, sugar and sambhar powder. Cook till soft. Heat ghee and add the lightly crushed garlic cloves to it. Roast to a rich golden brown. Tip the seasoning into the boiling Saar. Boil for a couple of minutes to allow the aroma of the garlic to infuse into the Saar. Switch off. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot.

Note : The recipe to the Sambhar-powder can be found under the catagory of Spice powders of this website. You may also use the store bought one too.

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